Tien Yin WONG (Singapore)

Prof Tien Y Wong completed medical school from the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a President’s scholar, clinical residency training in ophthalmology at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), and medical retinal fellowships at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA and the University of Sydney, Australia. He obtained his PhD from Johns Hopkins University, USA.

He is currently Arthur Lim Professor and Medical Director at the Singapore National Eye Center, one of the largest tertiary eye hospital in Asia, with a faculty of 70 ophthalmologists managing 350,000 outpatient visits and 40,000 surgeries annually. SNEC’s research division, the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), is a leading eye research institute, with 200 research faculty and staff producing >3000 peer reviewed publications since its inception (ranked No 1 in peer-reviewed publications in ophthalmology globally per faculty). Prof Wong has served as SERI’s Executive Director and is currently Chairman of its Board. Prior to this, Prof Wong was Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, National University of Singapore, and Chair of Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Prof Wong is a retinal specialist, with a clinical and research focus on macular and retinal diseases, particularly on diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. He leads a broad-based research program on retinal diseases and on the application of retinal imaging. He has published >1200 peer-reviewed papers (h-index of 128), including papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Nature. He is a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% of all citations globally). He has given >400 invited named, plenary, and symposium lectures globally, and received >US$50 million in grant funding from multiple national and international agencies. He is a two times recipient of the Singapore Translational Researcher (STaR) Award (2008 and 2014), the highest award for the most senior clinician-scientists in Singapore.

Prof Wong is currently on the Editorial Boards of JAMA-Ophthalmology, Ophthalmologica, and the Journal of Hypertension and previously on Editorial Boards of American Journal of Ophthalmology, Diabetes Care, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (IOVS) and British Journal of Ophthalmology. He is a Board or Council member of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO, the Asia Pacific Vitreo-Retinal Society (APVRS), the Macula Society, the Academy of Medicine Singapore, the Singapore Medical Council, and the National Medical Research Council Singapore. He is currently the President of the College of Ophthalmologists, Singapore and the Asia Pacific Ocular Imaging Society (APOIS). He is an elected Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Sciences, one of two physicians on the Academy.

For his clinical, professional and academic contribution, Prof Wong has been recognized nationally and internationally with numerous awards, such as the Australian Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award, the Arnall Patz Medal from the Macula Society, the Alcon Research Institute Award, the Eisenhower Fellowship, and the Senior Achievement Awards from both the American and Asia Pacific Academies of Ophthalmology. He has given numerous named lectures, including the De Ocampo Lecture from APAO, the Tano Lecture from the APVRS, the Euretina Lecture from EURETINA, the Fred Hollows Lecture from the Australian Ophthalmic and Visual Sciences, and the Sir Runme Shaw Memorial Lecture of the Academy of Medicine Singapore. He has been recognized as the top researcher from both NUS, winner of Outstanding Researcher Award on two occasions (2004, 2009) and the University of Melbourne, winner of the Woodward Medal. He has received the National Outstanding Clinician Scientist Award and the President’s Science Award in 2010, and the President’s Science and Technology Award in 2014, the highest awards for healthcare and scientific contribution in Singapore.